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This certificate provides students who are pursuing or have previously earned an undergraduate degree the opportunity to develop specialized skills unique to a variety of outdoor adventure and experiential activities, such as backpacking, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, and challenge-course facilitation. Coursework focuses on the acquisition of technical skills and application of theory-to-experiential learning in an outdoor recreation curriculum. The certificate provides options to attain certification as low and high element facilitators and Wilderness First Responders. Students completing the certificate requirements will be fully prepared to work as challenge course facilitators, work as instructors at Outdoor Education/Adventure Education organizations, and effectively integrate outdoor experiential programs with existing educational curricula.

This undergraduate certificate may be pursued on a part-time basis.


A completed undergraduate certificate may be posted to the transcript only after completion of a bachelor's degree. If applying after earning a bachelor's degree, transcripts from all attended universities must be submitted.

For policies governing all undergraduate certificates, see AP.5.3.5 Undergraduate Certificate Policies.

Banner Code: E1-CERB-OREL

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 25


INTS 204Leadership Theory and Practice3
RECR 122Exploring Outdoor Adventure2
PRLS 210Introduction to Recreation and Leisure3
PRLS 220Experiential Education Theory and Application3
PRLS 221Challenge Course Facilitation3
PRLS 316Leadership and Outdoor Education3
Total Credits17


Select 8 credits from the following:8
Field-Based Work (max of 1 credit)
Rock Climbing: Introduction
Backpacking: Introduction
White-water Kayaking: Introduction
Coastal Kayaking: Intro
White-water Canoeing
White-water Canoeing II
Wilderness First Responder
Wilderness Travel and Sustainability
Special Topics in Recreation Management
Total Credits8